How Often Should You Replace Windshield Wipers?

Windshield wiper blades are necessary for making your drives through rain, fog, snow, and other hazardous conditions more comfortable and safe. Most drivers don’t consider their windshield wipers when it comes to auto maintenance, and we believe more of you should. If you are having trouble seeing through your windshield, consider having them replaced.

How Often Should You Replace Windshield Wipers?

On average, you should replace your windshield wiper blades every 6 to 12 months. How often you swap them really depends on usage, blade quality, and other environmental factors. If you live in an area with extreme climates, you’d need to change them more often than others who live in moderate climates.

What Are the Signs of Worn Windshield Wiper Blades?

You can typically tell when it is time for new ones using your eyes. If you struggle to see, it is an obvious sign. Some other warning signs include:

  • Squeaks and Squeals: When you catch these screeching sounds coming from your wipers, you should take it as a sign to replace them. 
  • Streaks: If your windshield wipers can’t clear off the fluid on your windshield, you probably need new wiper blades. These streaky lines can be unpleasant and make it harder to see. Occasionally, wiping down the rubber part can make the noise stop. If the lines persist, you should change them out.
  • Skips: If your wipers aren’t reaching the entire area of your windshield or it skips certain places, you’re due for new ones. The reason for this symptom is likely due to rubber or frame damage. The sun can dry out the rubber or warps the part.

If you neglect your windshield wiper maintenance, you can face some serious consequences. We invite you to bring your car, SUV, or truck to our auto repair shop so that we can install a fresh new set of wiper blades to fit your automobile. Please call or visit Lawrenceville Auto Center today.